Slump Test Of Concrete

What Is Slump Test?

Slump test is the most common, easy, and simple test used to measure the workability of fresh concrete. This test is performed to check the workability or consistency of freshly mixed concrete in a specific batch.

Workability means how easily the concrete can be mixed, handled, transported, placed in position, and compacted.

There are two other tests used to measure the workability of concrete; Compaction factor test and Vee-Bee test. Slump test is also known as slump cone test as a cone is used in the test.

Slump test

This test is done at construction site before the concreting process. The slump test gives satisfactory results for the concrete mix of medium to high workability and unfortunately, it does not give the correct indication of low workability, which may give zero slumps.


Apparatus For Slump Cone Test:

1. Mould or slump cone with a height of 300 mm, bottom diameter 200 mm, and top diameter 100 mm.

2. Standard tamping rod.

3. Non-porous base plate.

4. Measuring scale.

Procedure Of  Slump Test (Step By Step):

1. First, clean the inner surface of the empty mould and then apply oil to it.

2. Set the mould on a horizontal non-porous and non-absorbent base plate.

3. Fill the mould fully by pouring freshly mixed concrete into three equal layers.

4. Stroke each layer 25 times with the standard tamping rod over the cross-section.

5. After stroking 25 times the top layer is struck off level, now lift the mould slowly in the vertical direction without disturbing the concrete cone.

6. Use the measuring scale to measure the difference level between the height of the mould and the concrete sample.

7. The subsidence of concrete is known as the slump and the value of slump is measured in mm.

Types of Slump:

True Slump: The concrete mass after the test when slumps evenly all around without disintegration is called the true slump.

true slump

Shear Slump: When one-half of the concrete mass slide down the other is called the shear slump. This type of slump is obtained in a lean concrete mix.

Collapse Slump: When the sample is collapsed due to adding excessive water, it is known as collapse slump.

Zero Slump:  For very stiff or dry mixes it does not show any changes in the slump after removing the slump cone.

zero slump

Advantages Of Slump Test:

1. The procedure of slump test is simple and easy than any other workability test.

2. It requires inexpensive and portable apparatus.

3. Slump test can be performed at the construction site as well as in the laboratory.

Limitations Of Slump Test:

1. This test is limited to concretes with the maximum size of aggregate less than 38 mm.

2. The test is suitable only for concretes of medium or high workabilities (i.e having slump values of 25 mm to 125 mm).

3. For very stiff mixes having zero slumps, the slump test does not show any difference in concretes of different workabilities.

Recommended Values Of Slumps For Different Concrete Mixes:

Types Of Concrete            Slump Range In mm
1. Heavy mass construction 25-50
2. Pavements 20-30
3. Bridge deck 25-75
4. Beams and slabs 50-100
5. Columns, retaining walls and thin vertical members, etc. 75-150
6. Vibrated concrete 12-25

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